A Selection of Past Meetings

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The IBO has had many meetings offering interesting content and a chance to catch up. Here are some notes on some recent occasions ...

Bedford & Titchmarsh Meeting 11 March 2017

The first meeting of 2017 was split over two venues, both looking at recent work by Harrison & Harrison Ltd. Once again the weather was kind to us with cool spring sunshine starting the day at St Andrew's Church Bedford, home to a new two manual organ. IBO President and Harrison & Harrison Managing Director Chris Batchelor opened the proceedings with Head Voicer Andy Scott then ably demonstrating the organ. A fine buffet lunch followed, with several members enjoying theirs in the courtyard garden.

A forty-five minute drive north took members into Northamptonshire, to Titchmarsh, where the imposing tower of St  Mary the Virgin can be seen on the approach to this pretty village. Harry Bramma, having that morning received the Lancelot Andrews award for long service as  Organ Adviser for Southwark Diocese, opened the afternoon's meeting with William McVicker then giving a presentation on T. C. Lewis followed by a demonstration by Harry Bramma and Andy Scott. Tea and cake rounded off a very successful day in East Anglia.

Tewkesbury Meeting 7-9 October 2016

Tewkesbury

The weekend begun at St John the Baptist, Fladbury where Nicholson Assistant Managing Director, Andrew Caskie, demonstrated the restored Nicholson organ there. Afterwards the group moved over to the Chequers pub for supper prior to the return coach trip to our hotel, the Tewkesbury Park. Saturday morning focussed on a talk by Nicholas Plumley on the three organs at Tewkesbury Abbey, which were all ably demonstrated by Abbey Organist Carleton Etherington. Following a coach transfer to Dean Close School, Cheltenham, the group enjoyed lunch before moving into the Chapel for a talk about the new Nicholson organ  by Andrew Moyes, Managing Director; Simon Bell, School Director of Music, then played the organ for us. Our after-dinner speaker was Roy Massey who talked about his interactions with various organ builders over his career. On Sunday morning there were to two presentations, one by John Mander and Andrew Moyes about the systems they use when costing projects and then a practical demonstration by Robert Woodland (aka Bob the Gilder!) on gilding pipe and other decorative techniques. Once again the weather held fair for us!

Liverpool Meeting, 23rd July 2016

Once again we were blessed with good weather for our Summer Meeting held in Liverpool. The day started at the magnificent St George's Hall where we were welcomed by David Wells and his team. After playing a couple of pieces showing the variety of sounds on the 100-stop Father Willis organ, Professor Ian Tracey (City Organist) then explored each division and stop on the organ. A short walk to the workshops of Henry Willis and Sons followed where a much enjoyed lunch was served within the workshops.

After lunch members were encouraged to break into smaller groups to move between a display of leathers by Bevingtons, a demonstration of leatherwork techniques by David Roberts and the metal shop where David Hall of Booths was on hand to talk about pipe repairs. In addition staff from Willis's were on hand to take members on factory tours too. Another good day was enjoyed by 50+ members, combining a variety of content in two very different types of venues!

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